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In search of jazz with 'maximum creative risk'

From left: pianist Vijay Iyer, poet Mike Ladd, and Ibrahim Quraishi, who directed 'Still Life With Commentator,' a collaborative performance piece and album. From left: pianist Vijay Iyer, poet Mike Ladd, and Ibrahim Quraishi, who directed "Still Life With Commentator," a collaborative performance piece and album. (ISA WIPFLI)
By Siddhartha Mitter
Globe Correspondent / March 21, 2007

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In an essay this month on the website All About Jazz, pianist Vijay Iyer lays down a gauntlet to the highly trained music-school grads who now populate the jazz landscape. The scene, Iyer writes, is in a "hopeful flux" of new collaborations and labels and "a greater number of active, productive musicians than anyone can remember ever ... (Full article: 735 words)

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